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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | March 21, 2019

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Tribe Rallies In Ninth To Even Series; Indians 7, Rangers 5

By Ryan Hohman

After losing in 11 innings last night, the Cleveland Indians rallied to score four runs in the ninth to beat the Texas Rangers 7-5. The win keeps the Tribe one game above .500.

It was a pitcher’s duel between Fausto Carmona and C.J. Wilson through six innings as neither starter yielded a run. But it was only a matter of time before both teams’ bats came alive.

Trailing 4-3 in the ninth, Michael Brantley smacked a go-ahead RBI double and Jason Kipnis homered for the fifth time in six games to put the Tribe on top 7-4.

Texas tried to rally in their final at bat, but Chris Perez closed the door on their hopes, earning his 23rd save in 26 opportunities this season. Frank Hermann, who pitched a scoreless eighth, got the win.

Carmona allowed four runs (two earned) and six hits through six and a third innings.

The first-pitch temperature was 106 degrees, highest in Rangers Ballpark history.

While the Indians avoided falling below .500 for the first time since they were 1-2 at the start of the season, they still remain four games behind the Tigers in the Central, who beat Kansas City 4-3 thanks to another strong outing from Justin Verlander, who picked up his league leading 16th win.

Photo: AP

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